Ramadan Kareem – Celebrate and Learn

A virtual event for students and staff, Muslim and non-Muslim, to celebrate and learn about Ramadan, share tips and win some prizes!

 

 

Join us in celebrating the Islamic month of Ramadan – a time of spiritual reflection, self-improvement, devotion and worship.

Please access the webinar link using Google Chrome or Firefox browser, as other browsers do not support this platform.

The Global Lounge, in partnership with BME Success Programme welcomes all students and staff, Muslim and non-Muslim, to come together and, for those who are not Muslim, learn about this important time in the Islamic calendar; and for those who are Muslim – to join the community and gain some tips and tricks from others on how they fast during these unprecedented times.

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and much like Lunar New Year, Islam uses a calendar based on the cycles of the Moon, meaning that the exact dates of Ramadan change every year. In 2020 in the UK, Ramadan will begin, depending on the New Moon sighting, on the evening of Thursday 23 April and will end on Saturday 23 May.

What can I expect from this event?

During the online webinar there will be guest speakers talking us through the importance of Ramadan and its cultural significance, plus tips will be shared from those of you who do fast and have some wisdom to impart to others about how to stay focused through the day without fuel!

The webinar will be introduced by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Provost, Prof Judith Squires, and chaired by Global Lounge. Our Muslim speakers include:

  • Hussain Abass, President of Bristol Islamic Society: What is Ramadan and why is it significant for Muslims?

  • Nimra Naeem, BME Success Advocate: Experience of a Muslim student during Ramadan

  • Robiu Salisu, BAME Student Inclusion Officer:Launch of the inclusive guide for supporting Muslim students

  • Munira Hashmi, Muslim chaplain: Coping in Ramadan during the Covid-19 crisis 

There will be opportunities to ask questions and contribute to the topics discussed by the speakers. 

What is Ramadan?

For those of you who don’t know, Ramadan is the most sacred month of the year in Islam. Muslims observe the month of Ramadan, to mark when Allah (or God) gave the first chapters of the Quran (Holy Book) to the Prophet Muhammad. During Ramadan, Muslims fast – there is no eating or drinking during the hours of daylight.

Could you fast for a day?

To better understand fellow students and staff who are fasting – why not try fasting for a day yourself? Join this event to find out more about our fasting for a day reward!

Every Muslim event attendee, and non-Muslims that try a fast will be given a Just Eat voucher , giving you the chance to enjoy a free iftar (break of fast) meal.

Send us your questions or tips for fasting here.

Please access the webinar link using Google Chrome or Firefox browser, as other browsers do not support this platform.

Join in with this online event via the the blackboard on Thursday 30 April.

Global Carnival 2020

An evening of entertainment and activities from across the globe for students and staff!

On Wednesday 11 March, over two hundred students and staff gathered to enjoy an annual showcase of dance and music performances, organised by the Global Lounge in collaboration with Bristol Students’ Union and International Students’ Network.

Trying something new

There was something for everyone to enjoy with a range of craft and activity stalls followed by a diverse programme of performances from across the globe.

Visitors could try their hand at origami making, solve Palestinian folklore riddles and see beautiful examples of traditional outfits from the Friends of Palestine society. There were also Lebanese food samples to taste and food samples and games from the Mexican Culture Society. The delicious vegan Thai curry was a hit – served to all guests as part of the festivities!

Fantastic performances

Lion dance

The show started off with the Lion Dance Troop who made a spectacular entrance into the Anson Rooms, getting up close to the seated audience.

The all-male group, Academy A Capella, impressed everyone with their rendition of Toxic by Britney Spears. They reached the UK finals last year and are focusing their efforts on releasing a debut album.

Siddarth Sreekanth performing Indian drumming

First-year Economics and Politics student Siddarth Sreekanth kept things upbeat with some fantastic Indian drumming. Originally from Bangalore, he performed on an instrument called the Mridangam (muh-ruh-dang-um), which is a percussion instrument used in Carnatic Music, which is a form of Indian classical music.

Gospel choir

Changing things up, the next act on stage was a collaboration between PakSoc and BanglaSoc – a fashion show which gave the audience a taste of their culture’s traditional clothing combined with popular music straight from Pakistan and Bangladesh. The lively performance featured beautiful outfits such as shalwar kamiz, longi and shervani with the models showing off the outfits whilst making fun poses and dancing along to their favourite songs!

The Gospel Choir were up next – a group of individuals who enjoy singing and praising God together. Their beautiful vocals and harmonies impressed all who were in the room.

Hosts, Roy and Lara broke things up with an interactive quiz, asking members of the audience to tell everyone what things they like about their own culture and also what they enjoy about others. There was great participation with many raising their hands to give their answers – most of which revolved around food!

The evening was rounded off with a Qawwali performance, which uses semi-classical Asian singing techniques and rhythmic clapping. This group is the UK’s first university-born qawwali group, called Virsa Qawwali.

 

 

A Glimpse into the World of Indian Dance

University of Bristol staff and students came together for the first big Global Lounge event of 2020; a Glimpse into the World of Indian Dance.

Attendees enjoyed classical dance performances and a delicious meal, organised by the Global Lounge in collaboration with students Aditya Sharma and Deepa Lakshmi.

Showtime

Just under 200 people attended the Indian dance event, held in Anson Rooms in the Richmond Building on Thursday 6 Febraury. A free delicious, authentic Indian meal and refreshments were provided after the show which many stayed on to enjoy whilst socialising and chatting to the performers.

Aditya and Deepa showcased two very distinct and popular forms of Indian dance: Kathak and Bharatanatyam. Their performances were accompanied by their stories, which explained each dance and its cultural significance, presenting a modern, fresh and personal take on the traditional roots of Indian choreography.

Meet Deepa and Aditya

Aditya Sharma approached the Global Lounge to hold this event and, along with Deepa Lakshmi, curated their performances especially for the Global Lounge, putting much time and effort into the event.

Aditya Sharma is a senior Kathak dancer with eight years of experience. He is the founder and artistic director of Yatra Dance productions, a classical dance choreography unit in Bangalore. He is currently pursuing a Master’s in Management (Marketing).

Deepa Lakshmi is a senior Bharatanatyam artist from Chennai. She has been training in the discipline since the age of four and has received many accolades. Deepa is currently pursuing a Master’s in Law.

The elaborate performances and beautiful outfits made it an immersive and entertaining experience for the audience. The dancers carefully curated their technique and style to showcase the art form in a modern and exciting way, while maintaining the roots and traditions of the choreography, music and performances.

Speaking of the success of the event, Deepa and Aditya said:

“We did not expect this kind of reaction. We were very nervous; thinking, how are [the audience] going to bounce back to us, would they be able to relate to it – we didn’t know whether they would know the history about it or not. But it just shows that art, music, dance; you don’t need a lot of commonalities to understand it. If you have the music, your feet are going to start tapping, and you start dancing – so you don’t need to know the background to enjoy anything.”

A Glimpse into the World of Indian Dance from Global Lounge on Vimeo.

Festive Mingle – 18 December

Tis the season to be jolly! Get into the festive spirit at our Festive Mingle event, with free hot drinks, snacks and the chance to share your seasonal traditions with others.

 

 

 

Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, this is a great opportunity to meet new people and find out what activities you can get involved in while the university is closedExchange traditions with others and learn about how the holidays are celebrated in different cultures – whilst enjoying some nibbles of course!

We’ll be playing games and munching on festive treats (including Christmas pudding – yum!) and at 12.45 pm we’ll be going down to see the Carol Service organised by the Multifaith Chaplaincy – which is definitely worth the trip if you’ve never experienced a carol service before and will be sure to get you in the festive mood!

Staying in Bristol over the holidays? There is a Facebook Group which you can join to connect with other students and discover what things are going on over the Christmas break.  To see what services and support is available over the holiday period visit this web page: bristol.ac.uk/students/christmas-opening.

This event is run in collaboration with the SU Living Room – find out more by visiting the event page.

Festive Mingle – 16 December

Tis the season to be jolly! Get into the festive spirit at our Festive Mingle event, with free hot drinks, snacks and the chance to share your seasonal traditions with others.

 

 

Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, this is a great opportunity to meet new people and find out what activities you can get involved in while the university is closed 

We will be running crafts and games and you’ll have the chance to learn about how the holidays are celebrated in different cultures – whilst decorating a biscuit (or three) and enjoying some nibbles of course!

We’ll be crafting Christmas decorations, helping to put up a tree and giving some gingerbread biscuits the extra (sugar) factor with icing and edible glitter spray!

If you’ve not got the festive feels yet, this event will be sure to get you in the mood and give you a chance to meet some new people at the same time.

Staying in Bristol over the holidays? There is a Facebook Group which you can join to connect with other students and discover what things are going on over the Christmas break.  To see what services and support is available over the holiday period visit this web page: bristol.ac.uk/students/christmas-opening.

This event is run in collaboration with the SU Living Room – find out more by visiting the event page.